Author: Jack Cohen

Breaking Down AL East Futures Odds

The AL East does not appear as the competitive powerhouse it was twenty games ago, but now that teams are hitting the sixty-game mark, it’s worth considering what the future standings of the AL East might look like. It doesn’t take a genius to see that this is a division of four teams as the Orioles just received their 15th straight road loss and are officially 19 games back. Their futures bet is a bit too crazy at +30000. Five zeros. Not a typo.
Realistically, there are two competitors for first place, right now. The Tampa Bay Rays are one of the best teams in baseball and the Boston Red Sox are right on the bubble. The New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays have taken dips in performance and given themselves a long road to winning the AL East.
The Safe Bet: The Rays
Right now, at +135, the Rays are the safest bet to make. In fact, at +135, it is not a terrible bet at all. It is quite a good one. This is because the Rays are a complete team right now. They’re not full of studs and sluggers swinging for the fences. They are an effective team that gets on base well and runs the bases even better.
They work rallies together and score runs. It is fundamental baseball that wins games. Combine this with a pitching staff that puts together some of the most quality starts and holds opponents to one of the lowest batting averages against at .218, and you have a championship-caliber team. They were the first team to 40 wins and remain the most winning team in the MLB, right now. This is a World Series competing team right now, and as long as they stay healthy, the AL East is theirs to lose.
The Longshot Bet: The Red Sox
The Red Sox are battling for first place, but they have remained a solid second for the past few weeks after dropping out of first. They are a strong team, and +325 odds leave an attractive payout for anybody who knows how long a 162-game season is. Three games back this early on in the season is barely a lead.
The issue for the Red Sox is their pitching. They are hitting the ball just as good as anybody, but they have a mediocre ERA and a batting average against more fitting for the Twins than the Red Sox. They are due for a losing streak if their hitting lets up. The Red Sox are a worthwhile bet if you think their pitching will turn around eventually because right now, they don’t have the tools to win the AL East.
The Foolish Bet: The Yankees
The Yankees, magically, have +210 odds to win the AL East. This is better than the Red Sox and, quite frankly, absurd. The Yankees began the season a different team. Like the Blue Jays—who have +550 odds of winning the AL East—the Yankees are significantly less competitive than they were a few weeks ago.
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Euro 2020 Spain vs Sweden Prediction

Spain vs Sweden is slated for kickoff at 3:00 pm EST on Monday, June 14. This will be the second fixture of Group E. Poland and Slovakia will be playing a few hours earlier at noon. The Spanish are heavy favorites for Group E and hope to gather their fourth European Cup trophy, which would separate them from Germany who also have three first-place finishes.
Sweden, on the other hand, are looking for their first trophy. Realistically, any finish out of the group stage will make the Swedes happy. They have qualified for six European Championships and made it out of the group stage only twice.
Their furthest finish was the semifinals back in 1992. This Spain lineup will see losses from players testing positive for Covid and leave an opportunity for Sweden to start off their Euro campaign right.

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Euro 2020: Spain’s Ways to Win
Spain is now without Sergio Busquets who tested positive for coronavirus. This is a significant loss up the middle for La Roja, but the one thing Spain has is depth. This depth may be a double-edged sword as nobody quite knows what eleven will take the field to start, leaving chemistry a question mark.
Without a consistent lineup, Spain might have some difficulty across the back four. Especially without Busquets who sits in front of that backline and controls the tempo of the game, there might be some openings for Sweden to attack. Sweden is no joke of a team and Spain is going to need to maintain communication across their back four and from De Gea in the back, if De Gea even gets the nod.
The attack is where Spain thrives. The Spanish style of football is quick, creative, and full of clever combinations. Luis Enrique’s side is no different. He has quite the tough decision to make in regards to who starts at striker: Morata, Moreno, or Torres.

The pleasure of this decision is they’re all fantastic players. Spain needs to get whoever plays that number nine position involved as often as possible and move the Swedish defense around. Make them communicate and dizzy them with the ball and goals will come.
Euro 2020: Sweden’s Ways to Win
Let’s continue with these Spain vs Sweden predictions and talk about the Scandinavians’ shot at winning this one! Sweden needs to take advantage of the center of the pitch and the lack of chemistry this Spain side has. They’re all top-class players, but they don’t know each other in and out. Busquets is notorious for having Spanish possession move through him. The Swedes should make sure they are man-marking whoever fills that gap, and pressuring them hard.
If they can somehow take Spain out of their comfort zone and give them difficulty building out of the back, they will put themselves in a fantastic position to take away points from this first match. Spain is their toughest competition, but they have the possibility to turn the match in their favor.
Euro 2020: Spain vs Sweden Prediction
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